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Highlights from Sotheby’s Geneva Autumn Magnificent Jewels Sale

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As reported earlier, Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva next month is packed with exciting jewels, led by the 59.60-carat “Pink Star” diamond and “Walska Briolette Diamond” Brooch.  Adding fuel to the warming auction season fire, yesterday’s press release revealed a few more splendid highlights from the sale.

Pink Star (mounted) - Sotheby's Geneva - Nov 13

The Pink Star – a 59.60-carat oval-cut, internally flawless, type IIa, Fancy vivid Pink diamond
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In addition to The Pink Star and ‘Walska Briolette Diamond’ Brooch, the 370-lot sale features a few more important diamonds, such as a 5.04-carat Fancy Vivid Blue diamond (lot 349, est. $5.6 to $6.3 million), as well as a number of impressive gemstones, including a 114.74-carat Burmese ‘Royal Blue’ sapphire (lot 355, est. $1.8 to $2.8 million).

114.74-carat Burmese Royal Blue Sapphire

The 114.74-carat Burmese ‘Royal Blue’ sapphire
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No Sotheby’s Geneva sale is complete without jewels of important noble provenance and this one is no different.  This Geneva sale will feature jewels from the Collection of Odile de Richelieu (1879-1974), Countess Gabriel de La Rochefoucauld, Princess de La Rochfoucauld, daughter of the 7th Duke of Richelieu and descendant to the family of the Cardinal de Richelieu, Louis XIII’s chief minister and éminence grise.  The headlining lot of these noble jewels is The Richelieu Sapphires, a pair of rare Kashmir sapphires weighing a total of 47 carats, mounted with diamonds that form a star as earrings (lot 371, est. $2.5 to $4.5 million).

The Richelieu Sapphires, a pair of rare Kashmir sapphires weighing a total of 47 carats

The Richelieu Sapphires, a pair of rare Kashmir sapphires weighing a total of 47 carats
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For those starved for Cartier’s iconic ‘Tutti Frutti’ jewels, the sale aims to satisfy that hunger as it features a marvelous gem-set and diamond parure à la ‘Tutti Frutti’ style by Cartier (lot 337, est. $250,000 to $400,000), which forms part of the jewels from the Estate of the late Gunter Sachs (1932-2011) also offered in the sale.

 A marvelous gem-set and diamond parure 'Tutti Frutti' by Cartier

A marvelous gem-set and diamond parure ‘Tutti Frutti’ by Cartier
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Rounding out the sale highlights are fine period and signed jewels, including an important Art Deco diamond necklace by Boucheron from the 1930s (lot 346, est. $500,000 to $800,000) and a stunning Belle Epoque choker by Cartier (lot 348, est. $400,000 to $600,000) formerly owned by Principessa Giulia Branciforte Lanza di Trabia e di Butera (1879-1947).

 

Photos of two additional highlights:

The Iconic 'Walska Briolette Diamond' Brooch

The Iconic ‘Walska Briolette Diamond’ Brooch (lot 373, est. $8 million plus)
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A 5.04-carat Fancy Vivid Blue diamond

A 5.04-carat rectangular mixed-cut Fancy Vivid Blue diamond (lot 349, est. $5.6 to $6.3 million)
Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s

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    Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels – Geneva – November 13th, 2013 | Jewels du Jour
    October 26, 2013 at 4:57 pm

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